Behind the Bar - a Desecration of Tennyson

Harry 'Breaker' Harbord Morant 1864 (Bridgwater, Somerset) – 1902 (Pretoria)



Gray eyes and gamboge hair!
   One barmaid of 'The Crown'!
Ah, will that beaming siren still be there
   When I go next to town? -
When over-night much spirit I had quaffed,
   How I was wont to bless
That nymph who, smiling, mixed my morning draught
   Of B. and S.!

That holiday has gone!
   Now wintry breezes blow
In fitful gusts about my hut upon
   The Warrego.
Hard times foretell that for a 'down-South' spree
   The day is distant far;
And I no more, in Sydney town, may see
   That girl behind the bar.

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on April 27, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Scheme ABABCDCD XXXXEFEF
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 505
Words 96
Stanzas 2
Stanza Lengths 8, 8

Harry 'Breaker' Harbord Morant

Harry "Breaker" Harbord Morant (born Edwin Henry Murrant, 9 December 1864 – 27 February 1902) was an Anglo-Australian drover, horseman, bush poet and military officer, who was convicted and executed for murder during the Second Anglo-Boer War. While serving with the Bushveldt Carbineers during the Second Anglo-Boer War, Lieutenant Morant was arrested and court-martialed for war crimes—one of the first such prosecutions in British military history. According to military prosecutors, Morant retaliated for the death in combat of his commanding officer with a series of revenge killings against both Boer POWs and many civilian residents of the Northern Transvaal. more…

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